Sunshine Coast Region: Our Essence

November 2015 Newsletter

SUNSHINE COAST AIRPORT EXPANSION IS AT RISK
UNLESS WE ACT

The Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) is dependent on us having access to an airport unconstrained by inadequate infrastructure to connect us with the rest of the country and the world.

We constantly hear complaints from business and tourists that we need improved access to Sydney and Melbourne and we get excited about additional flights from New Zealand to help boost tourism. These have been important initiatives, but we need the capability and certainty that this new runway will provide to deliver our regional growth strategy and create a modern diversified economy to support the expansion of existing industries and attract new ones

WE NEED A NEW RUNWAY. WE NEED THE ACCESS THAT THIS INFRASTRUCTURE WILL UNLOCK. WE NEED THE JOBS THAT WILL BE CREATED AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THIS INVESTMENT. WE NEED BETTER TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE ALL ROUND. .

Sunshine Coast is being ignored and we are told because we do not make enough noise so let’s change that.

This is what you can do:

Register your comments of support on the State Government’s HAVE YOUR SAY WEBSITE https://haveyoursay.dsd.qld.gov.au/coordinatorgeneral/scae-aeis/consultation/intro/view during the consultation period – must be done by 31 November – so we need you to act immediately. Enter your name, address and a few lines saying why the airport’s future is important to you. We are also asking you to seek support from your family and friends and ask them to register their support for our airport and our region.

This is what SCBC is doing:

  • We are attending the public meeting held being held this afternoon (Monday November 9 at 5.30 pm at the Twin Towers Resort) to support the Council, the Airport and most importantly, the future of the region.
  • After that we will write to the editor of the Sunshine Coast Daily and hopefully get our members view across.
  • We are in the process of requesting a meeting with the Deputy Premier to make our case and to make a noise given State Government have suggesting the people of the Sunshine Coast are not making a noise and not speaking out in favour of the airport expansion.

This project is at risk. The Coordinator-General received more negative responses than positive ones in favour of the airport redevelopment. We need to change that now.

 


 

2015 SYMPOSIUM: Human Rights Equals Prosperity!

A lunch of 65 business people who heard from The Hon Catherine Branson QC talk about unconscious bias. There was a strong feeling in the audience that the 21 century, is one of modern and diversifying economies, one of opportunity through innovation and having a go and that it is time that out dated attitudes were put behind us and that leadership attitudes toward all the workforce needed to reflect the age we work in. It was good to see Jarrod Bleijie Member for Kawana at the lunch supporting the business community.

The second event was a reflection of 50 years of women’s careers and how the work environment had changed and women cease the opportunities that were presented to them. It was a good way to show case the path of woman over time and to demonstrate the value to business and shareholders by creating a working environment in which men and women can achieve equally and successfully.

Our Patron Sponsor TAFE Queensland East Coast hosted the last event, a discussion headed by Ms Branson titled “Questions for Australia in the Modern Refugee Debate”.

This Symposium is another example of how SCBC injects discussion on issues that are important and linked to the health of our economy and our community.

Access to papers will be made available through our website as from Monday 16th November www.scbusinesscouncil.com.au/forums 

 


 

SCBC AGM and Christmas Function

The SCBC AGM and Christmas function is probably the most important event on our calendar. It is the main opportunity for the Board to talk directly with our members and: Overview what the business council has achieved in 2015,

  • Outline the aspirations for 2016,
  • Reflect on the key opportunities and challenges facing the region, and
  • Importantly, socialize and hear what is happening in our members’ businesses.

For some, this is the only time we have an opportunity to chew the fat and we hope you will set the time aside to come along.

Date: Thursday 26 November 2015
Time: 4:00– 5:00pm AGM for members only
5:00- 6:30pm Christmas Function members & guests
Venue: Dunes/Spinnaker Rooms
Surfair Beach Hotel, Marcoola

Register now – click here